Keep Calm and #StayPosi – The Power of Positive Thinking

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If were all to let the world get to us for every little thing that goes wrong or isn’t fair, we’d all be miserable. In misery is no way to live.

Living a positive lifestyle and in a positive state of mind allows us to deal with these bumps in the road and turn them into something good. We either take a lesson learned or do something to fix the problem and turn it in to something better. Always try and see the positives, silver linings, and bright sides. You’ll benefit greatly.

I know what positive thinking is capable of accomplishing because it’s gotten me through the roughest times in my life. When facing terminal illness, a major surgery, or anything that pretty much terrifies you but is something you have to take on, positive thinking can help you tremendously. If you’re spiritually, you may call it having faith. Whatever you want to call it, I highly encourage others to incorporate this mind frame into one of their everyday goals and soon it’ll become natural and maybe even a part of your learned personality traits.

Of course, everybody struggles with the negative thoughts and little voices that creep into our minds. It’s a part of human nature, unfortunately. Being a big worrier is something I have always struggled with. I have to intentionally put forth an effort to reset myself when I notice I’m going the wrong direction with my mind frame.

A Few Tips to #StayPosi

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Count your blessings. 

Just take a moment to take a quick inventory of your life and all the blessings in it. My husband always tells me this whenever I am down about  something. The first time he ever said this to me was when I had been diagnosed with the cavernous malformation in my brain stem and we were at a crossroads to make the decision whether or not to operate. It helped me tremendously to count all the blessings in my life and how thankful I was to be in Houston, Texas at the Texas Medical Center with an amazing team of doctors and nurses to battle this diagnosis.

Measure your opportunities.

Oh wait, they’re endless. Realize what a capable person you are and think about all the special skills and awesome qualities that you possess that are so unique to only you. Everyone has something good they can offer this world, you’re no exception!

Turn that frown upside down.

Seriously, just try smiling. Smile the biggest smile you can. Do it and hold it for 5 seconds, now take a deep breath. Feel better? Trying to incorporate smiling a little more in your life promotes positive thinking.

Ignore the haters.

Don’t listen to anybody who tries to discourage you or steal your joy. Never put the key to your happiness and confidence in somebody else’s pocket. Pay no attention to negative Nancy’s.. although, sometimes, they seem to be everywhere. Don’t let them enter your mind space. They don’t belong there.

Practice positive self talk.

We all have a personal dialogue with ourselves in our minds. This is called self talk. Always speak positively and in a loving way. Again, practice turning off any negative thoughts that may try to creep in. Use positive words, not negative ones.

Develop your own positive inspiration and mantras.

It’s also really awesome to visually see positivity, inspiration, and things that make you happy. I use Pinterest for this. I’ve dedicated a board specifically to Inspiring Words & Personal Mantras. This is the place I like to go when I need a little encouragement in my day to day.

Visualize positive outcomes.

When dealing with the inevitable stressful situations or troubling times of life, close your eyes and visualize in your mind a successful, favorable, happy outcome. For example, you have a job interview coming up. Visualize yourself: what your wearing, what your hair looks like. Now visualize yourself succeeding. Having an awesome interview and getting the job! You can do anything. Visualizing will help put you in great mind frame then you can go into these situations as positively and confidently as possible!

Be your biggest cheerleader.

It may be cheesy but most of all, just love yourself. When things get rough, know you will get through them and be better for it. You will come out on top, stronger than ever. Know that life gives us many lessons in life and it’s our job to learn from them. Life is beautiful, life is good, life is a lesson. Do the best to enjoy yours with as much love, happiness, success, and joy in it. Live your life by your design and not be default. Do and make happen! And most of all.. just please, stay positive!

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20 Comments on Keep Calm and #StayPosi – The Power of Positive Thinking

  1. Steve Lakey
    March 8, 2013 at 4:36 PM (5 years ago)

    Absolutely awesome inspirational piece! Thank you.

    • xtine danielle
      March 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM (5 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your comment, Steve. I really appreciate you stopping by and reading. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Nicky
    March 9, 2013 at 6:35 AM (5 years ago)

    As a person, I am inspired. As a nurse, I am amazed and awed by the power of God. I see his handiwork every day. You , yes YOU, are a miracle. Thank you for your story.

    • xtine danielle
      March 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM (5 years ago)

      Hi Nicky.

      First of all, thank you so much for being a nurse! Ya’ll are incredible and it truly does take a special kind of person to do such an important job and care for people the way in which ya’ll do.

      Secondly, thank you so much for stopping by. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Your kind words are so appreciated and mean the world to me!

  3. Linkouture
    March 9, 2013 at 9:44 AM (5 years ago)

    I am a huge proponent of positive thinking (and have encouraged my husband to do this more, which in turn has made him more positive!) It’s so easy to get caught in a spiral of negativity, but really there is so much in life to be happy about, even when we’re thrown curveballs.

    • xtine danielle
      March 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM (5 years ago)

      That’s wonderful! It’s amazing what it can do. Positive thinking is so powerful and can change lives entirely.

      Thank you so much for reading and for your comment!

  4. Jeanine
    March 9, 2013 at 10:42 AM (5 years ago)

    Wow! I found your Blog on SITS this morning and am very impressed!

    Love the post about positive thinking, it has cheered me up – and yes as we all have so many challenges in life – faith and positive thinking gets me through mine. You have certainly have had your share, and I am happy that you are doing well and social media has helped so much!

    Also happy to see you have rescued doggies! When we lived in Bermuda we did also – right now we have two lovely shee-poos in Jamaica….and by the way – you must know as a Jamaican, I love the part about “turn the frown the other way around!”

    Wishing you much success and I am following!


    • xtine danielle
      March 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM (5 years ago)

      Hi Jeanine!

      Thank you so much for commenting and connecting. I just followed you back on Twitter and can’t wait to dive into your blog, as well.

      I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this post. Thank you so much for your kind words of support and encouragement. You rock! I absolutely love the SITSgirls community. So many awesome bloggers to get to know.

      Wishing you all the best!

  5. Christine
    March 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM (5 years ago)

    This is a great post Christine! Positive thinking is something that hasn’t always come easily for me. I usually am the expect the worst and hope for the best kind of person. But over the past year, I’ve been making a much more conscious effort to be positive and to put positive energy out there and it’s made a huge difference I think. Thanks for sharing this!

    • xtine danielle
      June 11, 2013 at 6:37 AM (5 years ago)


      I’m so glad to hear that! =)

  6. Nicole Nenninger
    June 11, 2013 at 5:11 AM (5 years ago)

    Great post! I’ve been through a lot in my life, and staying positive has allowed me to create tremendous learning opportunities out of my challenges. I thought of a couple more tips to stay positive: Surround yourself with positive people, watch/read positive things, and never look at yourself as a victim–you are the hero/heroine of your life–you always have the power to turn things around.

    • xtine danielle
      June 11, 2013 at 6:37 AM (5 years ago)

      These are super great tips to add! Thank you, Nicole. I absolutely agree with all of them, especially, surrounding yourself with positive people, love, and energy!

  7. Michelle
    June 11, 2013 at 6:07 AM (5 years ago)

    Really inspirational and exactly what I needed to read this morning! So glad that you were the featured blogger today and that I am reading your posts! Thank you!

    • xtine danielle
      June 11, 2013 at 6:09 AM (5 years ago)


      Thank you so much! Comments like this mean the world to me!

      Wishing you a super wonderful Tuesday. Thank you for being a part of my SITS day. =)

      I really appreciate it.

  8. another jennifer
    June 11, 2013 at 7:25 AM (5 years ago)

    I love your message. It’s amazing what something as simple as a smile can do for a person. Happy SITS Day!

  9. Happysuz
    June 11, 2013 at 7:41 AM (5 years ago)

    Hi I’m stopping by from SITs. I am in love with this post. I may have to print it and put it up over my desk. I especially love the concept of not putting the key to your happiness and confidence in someone else’s pocket. I will definitely use this phrase with my daughter. Already in Kindergarten we’re dealing with mean girl stuff. This phrase and the rest of your tips are a great coaching tool. Have a great SITS day!

  10. Sheila Skillingstead
    June 11, 2013 at 8:45 AM (5 years ago)

    I taught my daughters that life is fair, just not even. When our oldest daughter wanted to ride the child’s toy, I pointed out that the sign said for children under five. Her sister was under five. She said it wasn’t fair. I said, it is fair. You’ve ridden the toy before and now it is your sister’s turn. Life is fair just not even. The even part is the timing. Life can be hard at times but as you said, count your blessings. Thanks for the reminder.

  11. MomChalant
    June 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM (5 years ago)

    It’s amazing what positive thinking and good motivation can do for a person!

  12. Miranda Pridgeon
    June 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM (5 years ago)

    Great tips! I struggle with staying positive sometimes. These are very helpful! Visiting from SITS!

  13. Julie @ This Gal Cooks
    June 13, 2013 at 10:21 PM (5 years ago)

    This is such great advice! You are absolutely right – staying positive makes life so much better and easier. I try to stay positive, and most of the time I do, but I do have my moments. I’ve found that keeping active (walking or jogging most days of the week) is an instant mood booster and I’m able to bring back the positive state of mind when I keep active. Thanks for sharing these tips.

    Happy belated SITS day!


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